Definitions for: Speculative


[adj] not based on fact or investigation; "a notional figure of cost helps in determining production costs"; "speculative knowledge"
[adj] showing curiosity; "if someone saw a man climbing a light post they might get inquisitive"; "raised a speculative eyebrow"
[adj] not financially safe or secure; "a bad investment"; "high risk investments"; "anything that promises to pay too much can't help being risky"; "speculative business enterprises"



Webster (1913) Definition: Spec"u*la*tive, a. [Cf. F. sp['e]culatif, L.
speculativus.]
1. Given to speculation; contemplative.

The mind of man being by nature speculative.
--Hooker.

2. Involving, or formed by, speculation; ideal; theoretical;
not established by demonstration. --Cudworth.

3. Of or pertaining to vision; also, prying; inquisitive;
curious. [R.] --Bacon.

4. Of or pertaining to speculation in land, goods, shares,
etc.; as, a speculative dealer or enterprise.



The speculative merchant exercises no one regular,
established, or well-known branch of business. --A. Smith.

Synonyms: bad, curious, high-risk, inquisitive, insecure, notional, questioning, risky, theoretic, theoretical, unsound, wondering(a)

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